Philadelphia- A young child is in critical condition after a firework explodes inside her home on Sunday morning.
It happened around 10:35 a.m. on the 1800 block of East Wishart Street.
Police say a 9-year-old girl found the fireworks inside her home and lit it off.
The girl was rushed to the hospital after the firework explodes in her hands. She is currently listed in critical condition at this time.
Jensen Beach, FL-The ‘modern day Hamburglar’ was caught on camera making himself a burger before robbing a Florida Wendy’s.
Patrick Benson, 34, was arrested Saturday and charged with burglary, grand theft, and attempted burglary. Security footage at the Jensen beach restaurant appears to catch Benson in the act and also reveals a strange part of his process.
After breaking the windows with a brick or large rock, Benson started up the grill, made himself a burger and ate it. After he ate, he grabbed the safe, and escaped.
"The suspect has been successful at forcing his way into two restaurants cooking himself some dinner -- then stealing what he can't consume," the sheriff's office said Friday.
Benson did not appear in a rush, and “casually” made his way through the restaurants choosing what he would steal.
Ann Arbor, MI- Police Sgt. Jaime Crawford donated a kidney to Officer Steven Dye.
In the fall of 2018, the colleagues of nearly 20 years were chatting as normal when Dye told Crawford he needed a kidney transport.
At that time, Crawford offered to see if she was a match for a kidney donation.
After months of testing and preparing, Crawford, 43, and Dye, 44, went under the knife March 27 for a kidney transplant.
"We've had friends here that have been sick and (we) didn’t have the ability to help," Crawford said. "… I don’t even know if originally I thought I would be a match, I didn’t know the process involved, but I was willing to get started and see where it took us."
Crawford’s offer caught Dye off-guard, as did offers from another officer and friends. Dye didn’t reveal his chronic kidney disease to many people, but others would’ve stepped up, too, said Crawford. She recalled that multiple officers got tested for bone marrow transplants for Officer Jason Zogaib, who died in 2009 following a two-year battle with leukemia.
It's the nature of police officers to want to help, Crawford said.
Lisbon, NH-A man accused of forging a police report to back up his bogus story that he used as an excuse to his boss is facing real charges in New Hampshire.
Paul Neilson, 51, was charged last week with forgery, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Police say Neilson told his boss he was late to work on March 11 because an officer gave him a warning about his expired car registration.
He boss became suspicious and contacted police who advised him they had no contact with Neilson.
Neilson provided his boss a detailed description of his alleged interaction with an officer.
DeLand, FL-The parents of a two-year-old girl were arrested after police say she was found in a hot, insect-infected car with the suspects while at least one of them allegedly did drugs.
An officer spotted the car Tuesday, parked near the tree line of a DeLand, FL park. The officer saw the parents and a small child inside.
The child’s parents, 30-year-old David Dexter and 28-year-old Christian Wilson, were arrested after police found opioids, needles and drug paraphernalia in the car and in Wilson’s purse.
Police say the temperature outside was 104 degrees. The two-year-old child was not wearing close-toed shoes and could have stepped on a needle.
The child was wearing a soiled diaper that sagged to her knees and had numerous scabs on her legs and an open wound on her neck that had drawn small insects.
The backseat of the car was covered with insects including roaches, and was filled with open and spoiled food containers, dirty diapers, and soiled clothing.
"It's unconscionable that someone would let their child be in those sort of conditions,” said Chris Graham, a spokesman for DeLand Police.
Dexter told police he drove the child and Wilson to illegally purchase the opioids but denied injecting himself. He also said the child’s neck injury came from bumping into a person with a lit cigarette.
Wilson and Dexter were both charged with felony child abuse, and multiple drug charges.
The child was medically cleared and turned over to a family member.
Natrona Heights-Kaley Bastine had a goal of raising $10,000 for the Harrison Township Police Department.
After raising over $3,000 so far through lemonade stands, cookie sales, and a car wash, Kaley was all set to have a hot dog sale today to reach her goal.
“Because I want to do this for the police,” she said when asked when she did all of this. “And because one of their police officers passed away.”
Kaley was well on her way, raising $2,600 from hot dog sales when the Natrona Heights Walmart and State Senator Lindsey Williams dropped by with a big surprise.
“I was gonna scream as loud as I can,” Kaley said when she saw a check for $7,500 presented to the Harrison Township Police Department from Walmart
Not only was this a surprise for Kaley, but it was also a surprise for her mom, Jamie. “I had so many tears coming down, I tried to hold it,” she said. “I am just so proud of my daughter and what she’s accomplished over this short year. There are just no words for what she’s done, no words.”
Kaley initially wanted to raise the money to get the department a bulletproof vest along with a K9 officer. Through those efforts, she formed a special bond with the officers.
“Words can’t even begin to describe how our officers feel about this young girl setting out to acheive this goal to raise money for this department,” said Sergeant Josh Acre.
The moment of surprise was emotional and unforgettable for those in attendance at the time.
“It was quite emotional,” said Walmart Store Manager Tony Soltis. “To see the look on Kaley’s face when she walked outside is something I will never forget. She works so hard to do what she did raise the amount of money she had and for myself and my store associates to come down here and be a part of it and present that check to her, the feeling of giving back and the feeling of just helping out the local community and helping out a young girl that’s so inspired and so motivated and dedicated to her cause is just the best thing that could’ve happened.”
At this point, Kaley has beaten her goal of $10,000 and she’s raised $13,500 to date.
Chicago-An off-duty Chicago police officer was shot in the head early Wednesday in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side.
The shooting occurred just after 1:30 a.m. in the 200 block of East 37th Street, a few blocks from Chicago police headquarters. The officer was taken to the University of Chicago Medical center where he was undergoing emergency surgery.
The officer, 25, was driving when someone in another vehicle opened fire, wounding him in the head. The officer was taken to the hospital originally in critical condition. No one is in custody at this time.
Law enforcement sources said the wounded officer is assigned to the Gresham patrol district on the South side. He is the second officer assigned to that district to be shot this year.
Information will be updated once it becomes available.
Fulton County-A police officer in Illinois was shot and killed while responding to a call for help in a rural community on Tuesday.
Illinois State Police said that 39-year-old Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Chisum responded to a batter and disturbance call around 2 p.m. in Avon.
While responding to the scene, officials said that “multiple shots were fired,” and Chisum was shot and killed.
Chisum was a four and a half year veteran of the sheriff’s office and was also a paramedic with the Fulton County EMA. He was also a member of the West Central Special Response Teammate and ILEAS WMD/SRT Team, Region 6.
The suspected shooter had barricaded themselves at a home in the rural community, and drew the response of multiple police departments to assist with the “ongoing situation.”
State police said the suspect remained barricaded as of Tuesday night. The agency did not release additional information as of Wednesday morning.
“On behalf of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Chisum," Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard said in a statement. "Deputy Chisum dedicated his life to the service of his community. His legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered.”
New Castle County-A 25-year old man was arrested last week for impersonating a police officer said wearing a tactical vest and pretending to be a trooper helped calm him down when he was feeling depressed.
Shane Windell is also a person of interest in several false reports of fires at The Crossings at Limestone.
On June 15, The Mill Creek Fire Company was dispatched to the complex at about 3 a.m.
Firefighters observed Windell get out of a car wearing a police-style tactical vest and what appeared to be a holster gun.
An officer found Windell’s 2010 blue Chevy Colbalt and saw used shooting targets as well as handcuffs inside. There were also red and blue lights resembling those used by police in both the front and back windows.
Two days later, police found out tat Windell had told someone he was a State Police detective with Troop 6 in New Caste County. A confidential source reached out to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms after New Castle County Police issued a Gold Alert for Windell on June 1.
Gold Alerts are used when someone is missing and police are concerned about their safety.
Windell was found in less than 24 hours. But the confidential source saw the alert and contacted AFT to let them know that Windell had been posing as an undercover State Police detective and wearing a black tactile vest with a "police" placard on the chest when he visited the source's place of business, according to court documents.
When the confidential source confronted Windell about his employment, Windell begged him/her not to contact State Police and offered the source $1,000 to be quiet, according to court documents.
Detectives contacted State Police, who said Windell is not and has never been a DSP employee.
Windell was detained on June 19 by a security officer for the Limestone Road apartments, who believed Windell was wanted by the State Fire Marshall's Office for calling in the false alarm a few days earlier.
There was not an active warrant for Windell's arrest, but police seized a green ballistic vest Windell was wearing, according to court documents. At the time, he was also in possession of zip tie hand restraints and a Glock-style BB gun, the court documents said.
He was arrested the next day, June 20, police said. Police searched his vehicle and seized the handcuffs, zip tie hand restraints and red-and-blue lights, the court document said.
In his apartment, police found the Glock-style BB gun, which was secured in a black holster. They also recovered a velcro patch with the word "police" on it, such as those commonly worn on police tactical vests, according to court documents.
Windell told officers in an interview at police headquarter that he had purchased the green tactical vest and U.S. Marshal patches online for $70 or $80 a few weeks before, court documents said. He said he bought the BB gun at Dick's Sporting Goods and the holster at Cabelas. He ordered the light bars for his car online, even though he was cited for using similar lights in Cecil County, Maryland, in December, court documents said.
Windell said he frequently wore tactical vests in his car or in his apartment because he has bipolar disorder and the thought of being a police officer calmed him down and made him less depressed, according to court documents.
Windell also admitted to calling the fire department on June 15. He was sitting in his car wearing his vest and the holstered BB gun because he was depressed over losing his job, according to court documents, when he smelled smoke.
Believing his cat may have accidentally turned on a burner to his stove, he texted 911 that there was a fire in his apartment. Windell said he got out of his car to talk to the firefighters and quickly took the vest off because he did not want them to think he was a cop, according to court documents.
He also told police that he frequently wore a black tactical vest with a police badge to the Wawa next to his apartment building, court documents said.
Windell was charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal impersonation, arraigned and released, police said Monday. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the false fire calls.
San Jose, CA- Police in San Jose, California are investigating a quadruple murder-suicide after they say a suspect shot and killed four people and then himself inside a home.
Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to multiple calls of a shooting and found several family members fleeing the house.
Officers learned there were possibly more victims inside the home and took an armored police vehicle inside, where they rescued a woman and a woman who had each been shot, police said.
They were rushed to hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, police said. Two other women and the suspect were still unaccounted for and believed to be inside, said police. At about 1:25 a.m. Monday, officers went inside and found the two missing victims and the suspect. All three had been shot and were pronounced deceased at the scene, said police.
There are no outstanding suspects, according to police, and the identities of the victims and suspect have not been released.